What’s the Summer Shift?
Doing the Summer Shift means shifting electricity usage outside of the hours of 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, when demand on the electrical grid and the wholesale cost of electricity are highest.
Participation is voluntary and won’t affect your current electric bill, but reducing energy usage during this time period helps reduce the amount of energy that PEC needs to purchase at higher peak rates, saving money for all members. It’s also good for the environment!
There are lots of easy ways to participate in the Summer Shift, including:
- Turn up the thermostat. If you use fans for circulation, the thermostat can be raised four degrees with no reduction in comfort. You can also use a programmable thermostat to set the temperature higher when no one is home. Make sure your thermostat isn’t located near a heat source, like a lamp!
- Run loads of laundry or dishes earlier or later in the day. Also be sure to run full loads—it costs just as much to run a partial load as a full one!
- Wash clothes in cold water, and line-dry your clothes in the sunshine instead of using a dryer.
- Take advantage of longer hours of natural daylight, and turn off lights when you’re not using them. While you’re at it, replace your old incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, which are much more energy-efficient and don’t generate nearly as much heat.
- Instead of playing computer games, try a board game instead!
- Enjoy a refreshing cold lunch of sandwiches or salad that doesn’t require a stove or oven to prepare.
- Avoid watering outside and running your well during peak times.